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CAIS unites researchers at York who are collectively advancing the state of the art in the theory and practice of artificial intelligence (AI) systems, governance and public policy.  Our systems approach places emphasis on how AI technologies operate when embedded in real-world contexts, interacting with humans and other technologies.  Our research focuses on AI systems that address societal priorities in health care, smart cities and sustainability, and are fair, explainable, reliable and trusted.

Established in 2022, the Centre for AI & Society was founded and is co-directed by Professor Pina D'Agostino (Osgoode Hall Law School) and Professor James Elder (Lassonde School of Engineering, Faculty of Health).